08/08/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/08/2020 13:56
WASHINGTON, DC - In the wake of newly-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's 'Friday Night Massacre' at the United States Postal Service (USPS), Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) and Congressman Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04) are calling on him to resign or be removed immediately.
'The United States Postal Service was established by our Constitution, and this year it will play an unprecedented role in guaranteeing our right to vote,' said Congresswoman Adams. 'However, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues his unconstitutional sabotage of our Postal Service with complete disregard for the institution's promise of the 'safe and speedy transit of the mail' and the 'prompt delivery of its contents.''
'My friend Maya Angelou used to say, 'when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.' The Postmaster General has shown us on multiple occasions he is working to dismantle a fundamental institution of our democracy. He needs to resign or be removed, now,' concluded Adams.
'Since taking office, President Trump has been trying to sabotage the United States Postal Service. He hand-picked the new Postmaster General-one of his most loyal campaign donors, who has no previous experience working at USPS- to do his bidding,' said DeFazio. 'DeJoy's baseless operational changes have already crippled a beloved and essential agency, delaying mail, critical prescription drug shipments for veterans and seniors and other essential goods. Now, DeJoy's secret removal of the senior officials who run the day-to-day operations at the USPS lays bare his mission to centralize power, dismantle the agency and degrade service in order to thwart vote-by-mail across the nation to aid Trump's reelection efforts. This November, an historic number of citizens will vote by mail in order to protect their health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeJoy's nefarious collective efforts will suppress millions of mail-in ballots and threaten the voting rights of millions of Americans, setting the stage for breach of our Constitution. It is imperative that we remove him from his post and immediately replace him with an experienced leader who is committed to sustaining a critical service for all Americans.'
Last night, a 'Friday Night Massacre' reminiscent of the Nixon Administration took place at the United States Postal Service. The Washington Post reports : 'Twenty-three postal executives were reassigned or displaced, the new organizational chart shows. Analysts say the structure centralizes power around DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major ally of President Trump, and de-emphasizes decades of institutional postal knowledge. All told, 33 staffers included in the old postal hierarchy either kept their jobs or were reassigned in the restructuring, with five more staffers joining the leadership from other roles.'
Congresswoman Alma Adams represents North Carolina's 12th Congressional District (Charlotte) and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. Additionally, she serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Education & Labor Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee.